Saturday, June 1, 2024

Saturday 1 June 2024 - Spring Blitz Day 11

And as Brian would say these are just the conditions we have been waiting for! Today was just one of those days that was filled to the brim with incredible experiences...winds were still from the north but not as strong as the past couple of days and the habitat was there. We found flocks of feeding shearwaters offshore, we even had Atlantic Cory's chasing flyingfish on the shelf this morning! It was a nice day to be out there. Just before 0930 a light morph Trindade Petrel flew in to see us for a short moment - it seemed to be moving with one of the feeding flocks we saw out there offshore. Leach's Storm-Petrels were around in good numbers and they came close to the boat for excellent views. We were sweating it with the Band-rumpeds...but they showed up on the inshore tack and everyone got to see them well also!
A Gervais' Beaked Whale breached right next to us while we were out there and we got to observe this one and another on the surface for almost ten minutes - definitely not something that happens regularly with these deep diving cetaceans. As we moved back on to the shelf Daniel hooked a Sailfish that he brought to the boat for some incredibly close views and then a release! 

Check out the list and eBird report here:

And a few images by Kate Sutherland 🙂
The Trindade Petrel!
Gervais' Beaked Whale!!! Wow!
The Sailfish as it was released by participant Pete Janzen - thanks Pete!!

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